We strive to live justly by covenanting to build just relationships and dismantle unjust practices and institutions, both in the church and in the world. In solidarity with the history of the United Church of Christ–which was the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, and the first to ordain an openly gay man–we honor the voices and stories of those who live on the margins, as Jesus did. We offer our thanks to God by working for a more loving, just world. We believe that the social expression of love is justice and spiritual growth is inseparable from a commitment to building God’s realm of peace in our corner of the world. By God’s grace, we extend our hands to others through service projects, outreach dollars, and educational events.
Prison Ministry Team: Our Prison Ministry takes place at the local women’s prison (minimum security). All volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation at the prison. We serve the prison in a variety of ways: Sunday evening worship services, book groups, Read Me a Story program, Holiday parties, and a retreat for incarcerated mothers and their teens.
Racial Justice Team: Our Racial Justice Team is tasked with examining all of our ministries through the lens of racial justice and making recommendations to move us toward being a racially just community. This team plans racial equity trainings, small groups studying racism through various books (including the Bible), and helps make possible the Standing on the Shoulders of Giants program for our 2nd-12th graders on the positive contributions of people of color to our community and the wider world, featuring special guests. Click here to learn more about our Racial Justice Team and our work on reparations.
Christians for a United Community Team: Christians for a United Community (CUC) is a coalition of churches working together to dismantle the root causes of racism and disparity. This team gathers monthly for the CUC Steering Committee meetings to break bread with CUC teams from other local churches and for a monthly program. Each team member is invited to serve on one of CUC’s ministry teams: dismantling racism, advocacy, or fellowship.
Our Justice Projects Include: Participating in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March * Hosting Community Potlucks and Social Justice Film Screenings * Cultivating a Community Garden * Dining Out for Life Through the WNC AIDS Project * Serving meals to residents at Haywood Street Respite * Worshiping and serving meals with the Beloved Community * Serving Dinner to Women at Room in the Inn * Leading Worship with Our Children at the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center * Providing Hygiene Kits to Those Living on the Streets or Experiencing a Natural Disaster * Assembling School Kits for refugee children * Providing Basic Household Supplies for Veterans Moving Into Permanent Housing * Tabling at Blue Ridge Pride Festival * Walking in the CROP Walk * Providing Christmas Gifts to Foster Children Through Our Giving Tree * Earth Clean-up with Asheville Greenworks * Providing Breakfast and craft projects at A-Hope Day Center* Writing advocacy letters on important justice issues * Sacred Conversations on Race
As good stewards of God’s resources, Land of the Sky UCC tithes its offering back into our community and the world. Outreach dollars have supported the following organizations: Helpmate * Christians for a United Community * Beyond Coal Campaign * Christians for the Mountains * Asheville GO! (Green Opportunities) * Campaign for Southern Equality * Camp Lakey Gap * Dragonfly Spectrum * Association for a More Just Society * Our Voice * Pisgah Legal * WNCAP Homeward Bound * Buncombe County Foster Care Association * Prisoner Assistance* Nuestro Centro * Room in the Inn * Center for Participatory Change * MotherLove, YWCA * Emergency Housing Assistance * Special Offerings of the UCC: Neighbors in Need, Strengthen the Church, One Great Hour of Sharing, the Christmas Fund * WNC Association of the UCC * Southern Conference of the UCC * Our Church’s Wider Mission